Canadian Tire Centre to host ninth annual MBNA Capital Hoops Classic on Feb. 6, 2015

Canada’s top-ranked basketball teams to go head-to-head in the nation’s capital

In conjunction with Carleton University and the University of Ottawa, Canadian Tire Centre announced today that the venue will host the ninth annual MBNA Capital Hoops Classic on Friday, Feb. 6. Tickets start at $10 and go on sale on Friday, Nov. 28, at noon.

The latest edition of the MBNA Capital Hoops Classic will once again feature two games – a women’s matchup between the Carleton Ravens and the Ottawa Gee-Gees at 6 p.m., followed by the men’s contest between the same schools at 8 p.m.

“Capital Hoops has become an exciting rivalry with more than 7,000 faculty, staff, students and alumni wearing their school colours and displaying their school pride,” said Jennifer Brenning, Carleton’s director of recreation and athletics. “It is a tremendous showcase of the best basketball teams in the country and demonstrates how strong a role our local basketball community is in the development of talented athletes. It is an electric, fun-filled night of basketball and we look forward to seeing the community out to support these extremely talented student-athletes.”

Carleton women’s basketball head coach Taffe Charles has assembled a balanced roster of new and returning talent built for success. Power duo Lindsay Shotbolt and Heather Lindsay have filled the void of Elizabeth Roach who graduated last spring. While the Gee-Gees – the winners of last year’s MBNA Capital Hoops Classic – are looking to rebound from an otherwise disappointing 2013-14 season with the addition of two former Ravens to their roster, Jen Stoqua and Krista Van Slingerland.

The Ravens, Canada’s top-ranked men’s basketball team, is a force with which to be reckoned. Currently ranked No. 1 in the country, the Ravens are in the midst of 47-game winning streak (regular-season) and are led by brothers Thomas and Philip Scrubb and eight-time CIS Coach of the Year Dave Smart. Six games into the season, the Gee-Gees – 2014 OUA Champions – lead the country in scoring with an average of 103 points per game, hold a 6-0 record and sit second in the CIS rankings. The Gee-Gees feature seven home-grown players, including fifth-year Johnny Berhanemeskel who scored the game-winning basket in last year’s OUA final.

Tickets for the MBNA Capital Hoops Classic start at $10 (prices exempt of taxes, but excluding CRF fee and convenience charges) and go on sale on Friday, Nov. 28, at noon. Tickets can be purchased by visiting, by phone at 613-599-FANS (3267) or 1-877-788-FANS (3267); in person at each of the 10 participating Canadian Tire stores in Ottawa as well as the store in Perth, The Sens Store at Carlingwood Mall and Place d’Orléans, any Ottawa Sports Experts location, Les Galeries de Hull, Ottawa Festivals and at the Canadian Tire Centre box office.

Ravens fans are encouraged to purchase tickets in Sections 107-115, while those supporting the Gee-Gees are encouraged to purchase tickets in Sections 101-105 and Sections 117-120. Students looking to purchase tickets packages, which include transportation to and from the event, are asked to contact their school’s athletics department.

Capital Tickets is the only authorized ticket vendor for Canadian Tire Centre events. Tickets purchased through unauthorized ticket vendors are subject to cancellation and purchasers may be denied access to the event. Only those tickets purchased through authorized vendors are guaranteed seating.

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